Life&Style's Madeline McInnis shares her top looks from this year's Met GalaWritten by mmcinnis on 15th May 2018
How to Make the Most of Statement Sleeves
Life&Style writer Charlotte Gill shares her ideas on how to make statement sleeves work for any occasion
“You can make your look as flashy as you like or keep it downplayed if that’s more your style
Bell sleeves (think extra wide flare from the elbow to the wrist) are an easy place to start. For a casual daytime look, pair a block-coloured, bell-sleeved jumper (M&S have some nice options) with plain navy jeans and trainers so the statement sleeve remains a statement. For those of you really embracing the trend, give the bolder styles a try, such as a puff or balloon sleeve – the bigger the better. Try styling with cropped trousers and trainers to create a cool, street-style vibe.
For a dressier look, try pairing a bold ruffle sleeve in a darker colour with black jeans and heels (see ASOS for lots of options).
Bishop sleeves (puffing out around the lower arm before gathering back into a cuff) are generally more understated so would work well with a pair of tailored trousers and some heeled mules for work or a more formal setting.
Make for a summery, flirty look by opting for a blouse with large frilly or tiered sleeves. Pair with a floaty skirt and tie-up sandals, or with floral embroidered jeans and metallic sandals, for an airy, laid-back vibe. For inspiration, see Anthropologie, which has a great selection of summery tops with statement sleeves in a range of colours and styles.
If all of the different options sound a bit bewildering, fear not. Rarely is there such a versatile trend in fashion. If it’s got a bit of a flair or a frill then you’re good to go! You can make your look as flashy as you like or keep it downplayed if that’s more your style: go bright (see Mango), patterned (gingham works well with a statement sleeve for summer) or just keep it simple. Topshop demonstrates that this trend is not limited to tops but works with dresses and cardigans, too. The world really is your statement sleeve-filled oyster so take your pick.